BRAZIER SECURE DEBATE ON ST JOHN AMBULANCE 15th January 2014
MPs Sir Roger Gale and Julian Brazier have joined forces to secure an
adjournment debate in the House of Commons to publicise their concerns about
the future of St John Ambulance.
the re-structuring of St. John, the abolition of the County divisions and the
creation of a more remote regional structure, they and a number of other MPs
believe that the charitable aims and objectives of St. John are under
threat. They fear that the service provided to the community through the
training and deployment of first-aiders (particularly cadets) is to be
diminished and that a once-proud organisation is in danger of being turned
into little more than a commercial training organisation.
am particularly concerned for the future funding of the local St. John
retirement home in Whitstable. Over the years many people have made
sizeable donations to the home and, although St John Ambulance initially
indicated that these monies would be ring-fenced for the use of the home, it
now appears that this may not be the case.”
the Vice-President of the newly re-structured” Canterbury and Coastal St. John
I have very grave concerns over the impact that re-organisation is likely
to have upon fundraising and, more importantly upon the First Aid training and services
traditionally provided by St. John”.